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New school vandalized

On September 23 at approximately 9:30 pm the Oliver RCMP received a report of possible mischief in progress at South Okanagan Secondary School.

The caller reported seeing people on the roof of the new auditorium, and it sounded like they were spray painting something.

Area patrols resulted in contact with two young male Oliver residents. One of the males was in possession of a can of orange fluorescent spray paint. Both males were detained for investigation and ultimately turned over to their parents.

On September 24 members of the Oliver detachment attended the site and were directed to numerous aspects of the building that were damaged during the night.

The damage consisted of spray painted graffiti, and the colour of the paint appeared to be consistent with the can of paint seized during the initial investigation.  Furthermore, a fire extinguisher was discharged into a roof top HVAC vent.

The total value of the mischief has yet to be determined. Once the investigation is completed the potential for charges will be assessed, said Sgt. Ken Harrington.

He noted the potential to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion is related not only to the support of an Osoyoos member who was in Oliver that night, but “more importantly because of the diligence of the witness who called the RCMP in the first place.”

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